Cyclones’ Quarterback Accused of Violating Gambling Rules

Ames, IA- The Cyclones have a different quarterback controversy brewing this offseason after Hunter Dekkers, last year’s starter and this year’s expected starter, was accused of betting on 26 Iowa State sporting events including a Big 12 football game back in 2021 that he did not participate in. 

The affidavit stated that Dekkers was under 21, the legal betting age in Iowa, but skirted around the issue with the help of his parents on DraftKings. 

Dekkers’ attorney released a statement saying the quarterback will be stepping away from the team and plead not guilty to the charge. This stems from the investigation launched in May after school officials for Iowa State and the University of Iowa suspected a total of 41 student-athletes violated gambling rules. 

According to the newly updated NCAA penalties, student-athletes who violate their gambling process by gambling on their own games or other other sports at their own school could face permanent loss of their eligibility in collegiate sports.